fight the good fight

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A translation of the Koine Greek phrase ἀγωνίζου τὸν καλὸν ἀγῶνα τῆς πίστεως (agōnízou tòn kalòn agôna tês písteōs, fight the good fight of faith) in 1 Timothy 6:12 that appeared first in the Tyndale Bible, then in the King James Version.


fight the good fight

  1. To battle or try to achieve something for a noble cause.
    • 1820, Sir Walter Scott, chapter 37, in The Monastery:
      "My brethren," he said, "since God has not given our people victory in the combat, it must be because he requires of us, his spiritual soldiers, to fight the good fight of martyrdom."
    • 1912, Mary Roberts Rinehart, "God's Fool" in Love Stories:
      [W]ho had imagined that her instruments of healing were a thermometer and a prayer-book; and who found herself fighting the good fight with a bandage machine?
    • 2001 June 10, Walter Kim, "What Do You Tell The Kids?," Time (retrieved 16 July 2014):
      Wouldn't it be nobler by far to fight the good fight with all the weapons available: a firm bass voice, a wagging finger, the Bible?